Professor runs for scholarships

Laurel Delany, ‘Doah Staff Writer
February 26, 2014



On Mar. 28, Joe Lovinsky, an adjunct associate professor of French horn at Shenandoah Conservatory, will be running 100 miles to raise scholarship money for students studying or planning to study the French horn at Shenandoah Conservatory.

For many students, money and financial aid plays a huge part in what school they ultimately chose to go to, and for some people financial difficulties end up stopping them from pursuing a higher education.

According to Jason Notte at MSN, “It’s more than 500 percent more expensive to enroll in college now than it was in 1985…The cost of attending college has far outpaced the growth of medical costs and overall inflation.”

This grim fact is one of the reasons why Lovinsky’s fundraising run is so admirable and so appreciated. Lovinsky hopes to raise $5,000 in scholarships for French horn students at Shenandoah Conservatory.

Lovinsky has a history of giving back to his community.

In addition to running this ultra marathon for students in the Conservatory, he recently retired from U.S. Army Brass Quintet after 20 years of serving the USA. Lovinsky retired from the U.S. Army Brass Quintet to teach at Shenandoah Conservatory.

An interview posted on Shenandoah University’s website says, “Lovinsky has run a handful of ultra marathons since, but he still considers himself a novice. The farthest he’s run at one time is 90 miles.”

In a quote taken from his fundraising page, Lovinsky said, “I thought, ‘if I’m going to put in all this work, all this effort and beat up my body this much, then I really should do it for a cause. I love the horn, I love horn students, and I have a real feeling for those who are struggling financially. I know Shenandoah does all it can to assist students with scholarships and financial aid, but I just thought if I could do something to help even more, then why not do it while I’m accomplishing my 100-miler? This could be the difference between someone actually graduating and getting a degree or never getting their degree.”

Donations for the fundraiser are being accepted online at su.edu/100milejoe .

Lovinsky will be running his 100 miles on the Shenandoah University track and through Winchester.

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